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Old December 24, 2011, 05:20 PM
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Why did they feel the need to turn SATA ports on the motherboard 90 degrees but leave the 24 pin and 8 pin verticle? I keep looking in my case and I assume most everyone else is the same by what i see in pictures but the fact the cable has to do a 180 degree bend coming from the back side of the case. It would only make sense to turn these 90 degreed and have them come off the board like the SATA ports.
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Old December 24, 2011, 05:42 PM
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I believe EVGA has done this on a few boards. Maybe more will follow suit sometime in the future.
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Old December 24, 2011, 06:48 PM
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I'd say it's mainly done for safety/security purposes. Much more solid when its soldered directly to the board, rather than being on "riser pins" (no idea what to call them). 24pin and 8pin cables have a lot more force and strain on them than SATA cables.

Less chance of shorts too I guess since nothing is exposed, only the solder points on the back of the motherboard.
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I could see it being done with solid links and a solid reinforced thicker connector that is firmly attached to the mobo.
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Old December 25, 2011, 11:02 AM
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I could see it being done with solid links and a solid reinforced thicker connector that is firmly attached to the mobo.
Yeh I agree as well, But what I would like to see is a much more compact electrical connection system,Maybe have all the connections in one mini plug (24 and the 8 ).That would give us alot more room and less bulk.
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Old December 25, 2011, 11:53 AM
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Another option would also be right angled power cables themselves, like the old IDE cables.
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Imagine to plug a 24 and a 8pin in a small case if it's 90 angle. What a pain it would be. Some are already so tight.
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I'm far to lazy to look it up right now but it may be a required ATX standard for them to be vertical. A right angled version would also take up more real estate on the PCB as well.
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